Guardians of the Galaxy
“Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.” –IMDB.com
As a reboot from the Marvel Comic of the same name, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill. Taking place 26 years after his abduction from Earth by the Ravagers, a group of space pirates who search the galaxy for treasures to steal and sell. During one of his missions, Star-Lord (the name Peter tries to get people to call him) steals an orb on the order of Yondu, the leader of the Ravager’s, but when Peter is intercepted by outside villainous forces, he flees with the orb only to be chased down by assassins trying to take the orb from him.
Guardians of the Galaxy was met with high expectations and heavy excitement. Not having read the previous comics, I was able to watch the movie (which is just the first installment in the franchise) without knowing who the characters were and their full history. I watched the film with wide, open eyes, thrilled by its amazingly choreographed fight scenes and wowed by its brilliant special effects. The casting was spot on, no doubt sending Chris Pratt onto a road of super-stardom. Zoe Saldana plays expert Kree assassin Gamora while Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voice quirkily loveable Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Dave Batista is cast as intimidating Drax the Destroyer.
I especially loved that Guardians wasn’t your typical superhero film. It was loaded with laugh-out-loud funny moments, fantastic 80’s tracks, and the most creative characters I’ve seen from a movie in a long time.
While I thought the plot could have had a better foundation, the more the movie progressed, the more everything came together. Since Guardians will return with its second installment in 2016, I know the rest of the character’s storylines will further unravel.
Guardians of the Galaxy most definitely lived up to its hype. I fully recommend seeing it before it drops out of theaters. While the plot could have been thicker from the jump, the hilarious happenings and unexpected love for the characters makes up for everything.